Chapter 2: Getting to 2020: Goals and Indicators
Goal 16: Vermont K-12 schools, Career and Technical Education Centers, and institutions of higher education will offer a wide range of curricula, certificate and degree programs, and conduct research aimed at meeting the needs of Vermont’s food system.
The success and resilience of Vermont’s food system depends, in part, on its educational institutions for scientific knowledge, resources, best practices, skilled leadership, networking opportunities, and student training. Vermont’s Farm to School offerings are considered a model by the national farm to school movement. Many out-of-school activities are grounded in farming: Thousands of Vermont residents have participated in 4-H activities related to agriculture, and thousands more have participated in the Future Farmers of America Vermont state chapter. Several of Vermont’s colleges and the University of Vermont offer an expanding array of food system course offerings.
Some basic data about food system education opportunities in Vermont is available. The first graphic depicts a summary of learning opportunities available by institution. The next two graphics show that the six New England states rank in the top ten for school districts that offer farm to school activities and the types of activities commonly offered. The fourth graphic shows undergraduate enrollment at the University of Vermont in degrees related to food system careers. Chapter 4, Section 2: Food System Education lists these opportunities in more detail.
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- Number of Learning Opportunities Available
- New England School Districts Rank in Top 10 Nationally for Offering Farm to School Activities (2011-2012)
- A Large Percent of New England School Districts Offer Many Types of Farm to School Activities (2011-2012)
- University of Vermont Enrollment in Food System Degree Programs Increased from 2004 to 2013